Racism is forgivable if you admit, own it, and learn to unlearn it.
Joe Rogan has a target on his back. Enemies are searching through his entire lifetime looking for stuff to use to bring him down. Unfortunately for him, there is a lot of ammo both already discovered and waiting to be discovered that will serve to keep him putting out “apology” or “explanation” videos for the foreseeable future.
I was a racist. I wan not born a racist. Nobody ever is. In a rare credit to my parents, I didn’t learn it from them. My parents were fucked up in a lot of ways, but racism isn’t one of them. In fact, my father may have been the best example I ever had of how to not be racist. He couldn’t stop me from learning it from the kids on the street and other kids parents though. I had to unlearn racism and it’s a work in process. Joe Rogan, in his “explanation” videos claims he never was racist. Sorry Joe, it takes one to know one. You were, and if you can’t admit it, you still are.
There’s been a lot of bluster about Rogan’s use of “the N-word”. Rogan says he’s learned that there is no context that caucasian person can ever use that word. I disagree but I don’t feel the need to purposely use it here. The bigger issue, the one that is largely ignored in the dialogue, is comparing a black neighborhood to Planet Of The Apes. there is NO CONTEXT, or explaining that away as not being racist with all the ugly spirit of racism in its most disgusting ideology.
I talk about forgiveness a lot. It’s something that I practice and work hard at. I do believe racism can and should be forgiven, if we own it, admit to it and learn how to unlearn it on purpose. Rogan is still in denial, and therefore has not earned any forgiveness yet. He maintains that he never had any racist intent in his heart. DENIAL!
To be clear, I have had many black, asian, hispanic, and native friends my entire life, before, during and after the time I was learning racism on the streets of Long Island and in central Florida. Having friends and people you love of other races does NOT negate racism.
Rogan and people who are standing loyal to him in this moment are missing what Rogan claimed to be “a teachable moment”. Like a politician that has consulted a high-priced PR consultant, Rogan has tried to diffuse the situation by getting out front with an “apology” that accepts ZERO responsibility, and denies the truth. That will ensure that the target he wears on his back will remain firmly in place and his enemies will continue to look for and find damning evidence.
The deal with Spotify that Rogan signed has made him too big to be canceled. he doesn’t need to rely on any platform and can platform himself with a small fraction of his wealth. The only concern for him personally is how much time and energy he will have to dedicate to being on the perpetual defensive.
I’m not Joe Rogan’s enemy. I don’t want him canceled. censored or taken down and won’t support any effort to do that. Nothing he says or does will have a direct effect on my life and he should have all the rights any of us have to free expression. I do wish that he, as a person with enormous influence and reach, would be more truthful and responsible. He is a very visible target and has the potential to bring important issues to provoke real dialogue. It would be a tragedy to waste that power on denial, defensiveness and dishonesty.